Taylor, Zachary

Life Span
Full name
Zachary Taylor
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Death Date Certainty
Slave State
No. of Spouses
No. of Children
Richard Taylor (father), Sarah Strother (mother), Margaret Mackall Smith (wife, 1810), Richard Taylor (son)
Farmer or Planter
Relation to Slavery
Church or Religious Denomination
Political Parties
Taylor Administration (1849-50)
US military (Pre-Civil War)

Zachary Taylor (American National Biography)

As president, Taylor put national above sectional interests, usually made wise decisions, and always acted decisively. Because he tried to understand and deal fairly with both sections, he has often been described quite inaccurately as pronorthern. If Taylor had lived, he would probably have been reelected, and the course of American history might have been different. He has been a much underrated man and president.
Elbert B. Smith, "Taylor, Zachary," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/04/04-00978.html.

Zachary Taylor, Election of 1848 (American National Biography)

In December 1847 a group of Whig congressmen, including both Abraham Lincoln and Alexander H. Stephens, organized a "Taylor for President Club" and ignited a national movement.

Besieged with questions, Taylor wrote revealing letters. He disliked political parties, he would spend no money, and he would become president only as a result of a "spontaneous move of the people." Slavery, he wrote, had been abolished in Mexico and could not be revived in the newly acquired territories. He owned many slaves, but he would respect the feelings and legal rights of the nonslaveholding states. The "intemperate zeal" of northern fanatics and southern politicians was making reasonable discussions impossible. The unnecessary and dangerous Wilmot Proviso against slavery in the new territories would shake the country. He still hoped, however, that compromises could be reached. Congress was responsible for legislation, and a president should veto laws only if they were clearly unconstitutional.
Elbert B. Smith, "Taylor, Zachary," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/04/04-00978.html.
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Graebner, Norman A. "1848: Southern Politics at the Crossroads." Historian 25, no. 1 (1963): 14-35. view record
Howard, Oliver Otis. General Taylor. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1892. view record
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Lynch, William O. "Zachary Taylor as President." Journal of Southern History 4, no. 3 (1938): 279-294. view record
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Nichols, Edward J. Zach Taylor's Little Army. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1963. view record
Stegmaier, Mark J. “Zachary Taylor Versus The South.” Civil War History 33, no. 3 (1987): 219-241. view record
Steins, Richard. Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke Corp., 1997.  view record
Stoddard, William Osborn. The Lives of the Presidents: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. New York: F. A. Stokes & Brother, 1888. view record
Thonhoff, Robert H. "Taylor's Trail in Texas." Southwestern Historical Quarterly 70, no. 1 (1966): 7-22. view record
Viola, Herman J. "Zachary Taylor and the Indiana Volunteers." Southwestern Historical Quarterly 72, no. 3 (1969): 335-346. view record
Wise, W. Harvey, and John W. Cronin. A Bibliography of Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Washington, DC: Riverford Pub. Co, 1935. view record
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